Building a strong digital foundation for children is the focus of the 2016 Schools Computer Club Summit. Annually this innovative platform showcases digital skills of school-going children in Nigeria.
In the age of cyber, Jidaw it is essential to prioritize activities that help children think creatively and acquire tech skills in the fasting changing world. The acquisition of digital skills from a very early age has to be prioritized.
The summit is one such initiative in which schools and stakeholders collaborate to create hugely relevant tech and tech enabled products and services that tap into the interest, passions and strengths of students. It’s about exposing digital possibilities and waking up ideas in young minds. Jidaw insists that we must invest in the future.
The summit is organized yearly by the Schools Computer Club Initiative (SCCI) which builds computer clubs, encourages innovation and develops digital capacity in schools. SCCI is supported by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). Innovation is critical to competitiveness and sustainability in the global networked economy. Forward looking stakeholders support efforts to create environments conducive to early age and youth innovation. Sustainability means responding now to future needs. With the right atmosphere, guidance and know how children can solve pressing problems now. And the time is now. Jidaw states that it is our job to support this innovative initiative that fosters the interest of students in IT enabled innovation at an early age.
The stand out quality summit is its ability to build capacity of students by creating tech savvy solutions to address relevant societal needs. Jidaw notes that the 2016 edition will entail a Games development competition “turning brilliant ideas to brilliant games” and Student Mentoring Scholarship awards. Students will develop and exhibit apps and prizes will be awarded to the best overall app. Holding at the Computer Science Department, University of Lagos on Thursday, 10 November at 9 am, the knowledge sharing and engagement platform will ensure children in Nigeria build with technology.
Connecting ICT to reality is essential to building smart schools and smart digital nations. Digital skills, remain a top priority for Jidaw and we call on others to be part of the Summit in empowering early age techies. It aims to enable children discover digital possibilities, engages students’ creativity and encourage their interest and participation in ICT fields as well as their use of tech tools. It will essentially provide them with the opportunity to explore, to question, to test, to hack with the digital.
November 7, 2016